New Jetstar Brisbane Auckland Flights? Try Ruapehu

More good news for Queensland skiers & boarders: new Jetstar Brisbane Auckland flights will make the North Island’s mighty Mt Ruapehu cheaper and easier to get to.

Many Queenslanders don’t need to own their own gear so no need for big luggage either, scoot over and rent everything there. Ruapehu is actually the Kiwi’s #1 ski area across it’s twin resorts of Whakapapa and Turoa, with plenty of terrain for everyone. The La Niña wet winter of 2022 was a disaster for them, with totally unseasonal rain in August when it should have been dumping snow, but normally Ruapehu boasts the latest closing dates and most reliable late season snow in Australasia. That means it’s a great option for Queensland school holidays. So check the details on the new Jetstar Brisbane – auckland flights below and stay tuned for deals.

Hiking Mt Ruapehu, now easier for Queenslanders to get to thaks to new Jetstar Bribane - Auckland flights
Hiking at Turoa, Mt Ruapehu © RAL

We recommend waiting till at least mid-August for optimum conditions – the bare rock on the volcanic slopes needs to fill in. From then through to the end of Octobetr is usually good snow cover. Being a volcano ruapehu attracts any weather around, but the different north west and south westerly aspects of the two areas usually means at least one of them will have more sheltered skiing on any given day. Passes are interchangeable so that’s not a problem.

Here is the lowdown from Jetstar on the new Jetstar Brisbane Auckland Flights:

Jetstar Airways has announced new direct flights from Auckland to Brisbane just in time for next year’s Easter school holidays, with launch fares starting from AU$239 / NZ$229 (one way).     

With support from the Queensland Government’s Aviation Attraction Investment Fund, the service will operate four times a week by an Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing thousands of Kiwis to the Sunshine state each year supporting local tourism and hospitality businesses.

The low-cost carrier’s first return flight will take off on Monday 27 March 2023* with the route expected to be popular with holidaymakers as well as Australian expats living in New Zealand keen to return home to visit family and friends.

Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully, said it was exciting to launch a new route that expanded Jetstar’s Trans-Tasman network. 

“This is the first time we’ve offered direct flights between Brisbane and Auckland, and we’re confident this new return service will be extremely popular with our customers,” said Ms. Tully. 

“Queensland offers holidaymakers everything from beautiful beaches, tropical islands and the outback to some of the best fine dining and shopping experiences in Australia.

“Our amazing low-fares mean New Zealanders will be able to spend more on enjoying those incredible activities and we thank the Queensland Government for their support of the new route.” 

Queensland Tourism Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe said New Zealand was an important part of Queensland’s international tourism recovery plan.

“Jetstar’s deals from Auckland are predicted to bring more than 35,000 Kiwis across the ditch to Brisbane a year, contributing $44 million and 430 jobs to Queensland’s visitor economy,” Mr. Hinchliffe said.

“We know many New Zealand families have relatives and friends living in Southeast Queensland and that’s why we’re backing Jetstar’s new, convenient direct flights to Brisbane.

“As one of Queensland’s traditional top five nations for holiday arrivals, we’re excited to partner with Jetstar to welcome Kiwis to Brisbane for family reunions and world-class visitor experiences.

“With Brisbane temperatures consistently in the high 20s for Easter, it’s the perfect time for New Zealanders to come in out of the cold and claim a spot in the warm Queensland sun.

“From koalas and island adventures in Moreton Bay to the Gold Coast theme parks, Queensland is the place to be for an extended holiday with family and friends this Easter.”      

Visit  Jetstar Newsroom for more details and to see the flight’s schedule.

For more on Ruapehu check our feature here – they have had the best value lift passes downunder past several years so hopefully 2023 will be no exception.